2 Quotes About Goal-Setting to Motivate You Today

Did you know that goal-setting is not just a weekly and monthly process at LNE Consulting, but a daily one? This is one of the activities that our CEO, Julie Edmonds, attributes to almost two decades of business success. In our experience, taking the time to think about and write down our goals provides essential clarity to the activities of the day. When each member of the team knows what he or she is striving for, we are able to hit the start button for the day and run like a well-oiled machine.

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Importantly, goal-setting creates accountability. If Jovani and Leidis, team leaders at LNE Consulting, write down their goals and exceed them, we know that they deserve an extra pat on the back that day! Likewise, if one of their counterparts falls short of his goals, we know that it might be time for some mentoring, or at least a pep talk to bring him up to speed. Either way, our written goals provide a checklist at the end of each day, week, month, quarter, and year, making it easy to measure progress.

Here’s the first quote that we’re loving today! …

“Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” –Bear Bryant

The Alabama football coach couldn’t be more right! Quitting is so easy. And of course, the things that are easy are always the most tempting.

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And here’s another!

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland

Another excellent point — surprisingly not from a sports icon, though it sounds that way! Copeland, an American poet and writer, makes a case for deciding what matters to you. It’s not unlike this famous scene from Alice in Wonderland:

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Are you setting aside time on a regular basis to decide where you’re going?

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PIECES OF ADVICE FOR RECENT COLLEGE GRADS, PART II

LNE Consulting is here to offer a few more constructive steps towards success during post-grad life. Don’t be immersed in unnecessary stress. Breathe, we are here to help!

(If you missed Part I you can read it here!)

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Clean up your act! (Or at least just your social media)



Unless you’re applying for a social media based position, delete your social media accounts. Certain companies will find a way past your security settings. Leverage your network of friends and contacts, advisors, professors, parents, anyone who can get you a foot in the door. Just because you may have a mature presence in the social media world, does not mean your old high school friends that you haven’t talked to since PE Freshman year of high school do.

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Be yourself

“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called YOU.”

– Tom Peters in Fast Company

While it is important to know what a company is looking for in a candidate, it is also important to bring your distinctive qualities to the table. We look for unique individuals at LNE Consulting. Many companies aren’t just looking at your education and skill set, but are also looking largely at your personality. Are you friendly? Upbeat? Positive? And most importantly, are you genuine? Don’t put on a front of anyone you’re not. If your most authentic self isn’t able to land you the gig, then it isn’t the gig for you. There is no sense in wasting both the employer’s time and your time pretending to be fit for a job that you you are not.

Work Hard

Dreams don’t work unless you do. Remember, embarking on this journey is new. Despite your degree, you don’t know as much as you think you do; don’t be above anything. Work hard. Ask questions. Work hard. Don’t expect it to be easy. Work hard. Don’t look for excuses.

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Always put your best foot forward, maintain a positive work ethic and be open to all the possibilities this new adventure will bring. At LNE Consulting, we understand how plunging into new experiences like post-grad life can be a scary process, but as one chapter ends, another begins, and with it comes excitement and opportunities.

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Pieces Of Advice For Recent College Grads, Part I (YOU WILL BE OK)

Here at LNE Consulting, we know the struggle that comes with those post-grad blues. With graduation right around the corner, utilizing your degree and finding a job is imperative. Here are some helpful tips for landing a gig.

GET OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE 

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It’s important to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, and when you do, it’s a big deal. Did you know that Tauheed Epps – excuse me, Two Chainz – played basketball at Alabama State?! Epps was adept at playing three positions: point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. He was a versatile player, but only played in 35 games and averaged 2.8 points per game. After two seasons of coming off the bench for the Hornets, Epps decided to go pro in something other than basketball: hip-hop.

Within the first two years of transitioning into the hip-hop industry, Two Chainz was discovered by Ludacris and signed to Def Jam Records. By leaving what he already knew and had grown comfortable in, he opened up many doors to new opportunities. 
While your comfort zone provides a state of mental security that may reduce stress and anxiety, it also hinders you. Comfort kills productivity; without the sense of unease that comes with having expectations of yourself, we tend to take our foot off the brake and do the minimum required to get by. We lose the drive and ambition to do more and learn new things. But don’t just get by, thrive! The second you step out of your comfort zone, that is when the magic happens. Don’t be scared to try something new! Apply for jobs that aren’t in your field or jobs for which you may not be qualified but are passionate about.

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PERFECT YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS

The interview process is brutal. Expect it. Companies will receive hundreds of applications for just ONE position and more than likely, there will be 40-50 candidates that meet the qualifications just to interview. Sometimes the job search is about timing, sometimes it yields to experience, and other times it quite honestly requires just a bit of luck. The most important piece is to perfect your interview skills. You may not have control over getting an interview, but when you do, put your very best forward to control that outcome, remember, confidence is key. At LNE Consulting, we have a strategic process to find the candidates that stand out from the rest.

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You are your biggest advocate and the only person who can truly market YOU. If you are able to step out of your comfort zone and leave a lasting impression, then you are ahead of game.

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Click here to keep reading… Part II awaits!

 

 

9 Quotes About Making Excuses – and How to Rid Yourself of this Terrible Habit

lne-consulting-2Excuses are a dime a dozen, which is precisely why not everyone achieves success in their careers. At LNE Consulting, time and time again, we’ve seen top performers separate themselves from the “average” simply by ditching the excuses and taking accountability.

Successful people realize that excuses won’t pay their bills. They realize that while some people are making excuses, other people are always going to be making it happen — and if they want to be top performers, they’re going to have to deliver no matter what.

The key to eliminating excuses is recognizing that you are in control. Instead of feeling like the world is happening “to” you, make the decision to exercise your power wherever you possibly can. Don’t like your circumstances? Check your attitude and tackle the problem head on.

It also helps to remind yourself that excuses are not just keeping you from hitting your goals — but they’re damaging to your credibility as a professional. Every time you make an excuse it’s like the story of the boy who cried wolf — you might be able to get away with it once or twice, but eventually those around you will stop believing you.

Here are 9 of our favorite quotes that will hopefully inspire you to ditch the excuse-making!

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” -George Washington Carver

“Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” -Robin Sharma

“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

“Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.”

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.”

“Replace excuses with effort, replace laziness with determination, and everything will fall into place.”

“When I lost all of my excuses I found my results.”

“Excuses are the enemy of excellence.”

Cliché or not, you have to admit that these quotes are on point! For more quotes from LNE Consulting, follow us on Twitter.

Do You Have a Billionaire Mindset? These 2 Charlie Munger Quotes Will Help You Develop One

lne-consultingAt LNE Consulting we wholeheartedly believe that the most efficient way to become successful is to learn from those who have been there before you. And who better to learn from than the greats?

You’re undoubtedly familiar with billionaire Warren Buffet, but a man you may not know as well is Charlie Munger, his business partner. Worth about $1.4 billion, Munger has been a mentor and friend to Buffet for many years. He is the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway as well as a generous philanthropist.

We found a few great quotes from Charlie Munger that stuck out to us:

Three rules for a career: 1. Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself; 2. Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire; and 3. Work only with people you enjoy.” – Charlie Munger

We love everything about this quote because it speaks to authenticity and the ingredients for a happy life. The team at LNE Consulting knows first-hand the benefits of selling a product that is truly a cut above the competition, and we’ve been incredibly fortunate over the years to represent companies with impressive product lines. We also could not agree more with Munger’s suggestion to work only for those whom you respect and admire. This is why leadership by example is of utmost important to us. Working with people you enjoy is also crucial. When your coworkers become more like your “work family,” everything about your day to day life is better — and this we can attest to from experience!

“It is really useful to be reminded of your errors. I think Warren Buffett and I are pretty good at that. We do kind of mentally rub our own noses in our own mistakes. And that is a very good mental habit.” – Charlie Munger

Our favorite thing about this quote is the way that Munger looks at failure. At LNE Consulting we teach our team to fail their way to the top. The more mistakes a person makes, the better! So many people get caught up in failure and never give themselves the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. So take a page out of Charlie Munger’s book and develop a billionaire’s mental habit of acknowledging your errors and making positive changes.

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LNE Consulting on the Importance of Failure

 

At LNE Consulting we believe that repeated failure is the key to success. Like we often tell our management trainees, the key to getting promoted faster is failing faster. The more quickly you can make and learn from your mistakes, the more rapidly you’ll be on your way to becoming a master. Take a look at two quotes we love that embody this philosophy.

“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed, and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” —Ellen DeGeneres

Success is a decent teacher, and failure is an amazing teacher. It’s important to be able to learn from both.

When things are going well for you, don’t just ride the wave. Take the time to recognize why you’re doing well. Have you been getting more sleep lately and taking care of your health? Have you been dedicating the time to planning more effectively? Has your sense of urgency and efficiency been extra on point? Are you spending extra time building relationships with your customers or team members? It’s important to write these things down because they’ll serve as a checklist to return to when everything is not running as smoothly.

On the flip side, do your best to look at failure in a positive light. Anyone who has ever become great at something has failed and failed and failed. As a rookie, it’s easy to forget that making mistakes is normal. It’s easy to beat yourself up and be tempted to give up because you don’t think you’re a “natural.” The reality, though, is that as long as you’re giving 100%, making mistakes is the healthy thing to do. Focus your energy on learning from your mistakes, and do everything in your power not to make the same mistake twice. Continuous learning will be the key to your success.

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” —Chris Hardwick

This quote is so accurate! Without any doubt, the most interesting and respectable people we’ve ever met have been those who have been through a lot in their lives and careers. Think about the opposite: a person who wakes up one morning rich, who didn’t have to do anything to earn it. There’s nothing inspiring about that. The greatest stories are from those who have endured a struggle and overcome it.

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What You Can Learn from Bill Belichick to Improve Your Own Career

billbLNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) recently joined the 111 million plus people who tuned into Super Bowl 51. It was a record-breaking wild turn of events, as you probably saw, and the New England Patriots walked away with their fifth title since 2000. One of the common denominators is Coach Bill Belichick. When you take a deeper look into his coaching style, you will find a few strategies that can translate into business leadership as well. Here are a few that we also apply at LNE Consulting.

Bill Belichick and the rest of his staff are constantly evaluating the players’ performance. No one is entitled to a position merely because of his tenure on the team. This is something that we hold near and dear to our hearts here in Hollywood, FL. We do not believe in seniority either. Rather, that the performance and results that an individual brings to the table will determine his or her ability to grow within our company.

The New England Patriots under Coach Belichick completely changed the metrics that they measured themselves against. They weren’t trying to be average. Here at LNE Consulting we also do not settle for the status quo, which is one reason we’ve thrived for so many years. We are always looking for ways to improve our team and our performance, thinking outside the box for new ways to get an edge on the competition.

xupoqdtqdwv48mabrqWith numbers at hand, the Patriots coaching staff has made their decisions unemotionally and based on numbers. This is extremely important in business, especially marketing and sales. In fact, when someone joins our team this is one of their first lessons — how to take emotion out of your results and focus on the numbers. When you master that, everything becomes much simpler and the path to success is that much more evident.

Lastly, Coach Belichick has instilled a matter of team pride in the New England Patriots that is unwavering. They believe, to their core, that the team comes first above the individual. In order for any organization, business or sports, to reach unprecedented success, this has to be their attitude. Here at LNE Consulting, we have massive goals that we are striving for and the only way we will do so is with a strong team camaraderie. To learn more about our company culture be sure to check us out on Instagram @ LNE_Consulting.